Miami (1-5, 0-2 MAC) totaled 253 yards of offense and converted just 1of 10 third down opportunities. Playing with the benefit of good field position much of the day, Ohio (5-1, 2-0 MAC) still totaled 428 yards of offense and held advantages on first downs (25-12) and time of possession (36:25 - 23.35).
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Ohio already owned a 17-3 lead at the half when Quentin Poling picked off MU quarterback Billy Bahl and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the third quarter. It was one of four Ohio interceptions off Bahl. The true freshman, who had three interceptions in his last action two weeks ago at Western Kentucky, completed 8 of 23 against a stout Bobcat defense that limited Akron to 227 yards and four field goals the previous week.
Miami also struggled in the run game, managing 87 yards. A good chunk of that came in the second half after Ohio had a comfortable lead. Redshirt freshman Maurice Thomas, for instance, ripped off a 43-yard run on MU’s first possession of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Gus Ragland then added a nine-yard run. Bahl came in and completed a 14-yard pass to Sam Martin before tossing his final interception, which Langston Provitt returned 20 yards.
The Bobcats wasted little time in securing a lead, using 11 plays to cover 89 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive. Daz’mond Patterson’s 18-yard run on third-and-11 kept the drive alive early. An apparent Miami interception in its own end zone was nullified when officials called pass interference. Patterson then finished the drive with a two-yard run.
Three plays into the next Miami possession, Ian Wells picked off a Bahl pass. Although it could not turn the mistake into a score, Ohio got back to midfield and then punted to the Miami 11. From that point on, Ohio largely enjoyed favorable field position as the RedHawks converted just one third down.
Starting at its own 42, Ohio used five plays to score its second touchdown. Quarterback Derrius Vick completed three passes, including a big 39-yard toss to Papi White along the way. Redshirt junior Sebastian Smith’s six-yard reception and the PAT put the hosts up 14-0 with 9:43 remaining before intermission.
“He’s got great hands. He makes the routine catches, but he makes special catches look easy,” Solich said of Smith . “We’re starting to see his acceleration after catches and his ability to get yards after the catch. And he’s a pretty big target. He’s not a small receiver. He’s got a lot of things going for him.”
Bahl’s 45-yard pass to Jared Murphy on the subsequent possession moved the RedHawks to Ohio’s 23. They could not get another first down, however, and settled for a 34-yard Kaleb Patterson field goal at 6:30.
Mixing pass and run, Ohio used 14 plays to go 42 yards after it took over. There were 38 seconds left when Josiah Yazdani booted a 50-yard field goal to put the Bobcats up 17-3.
Poling’s pick-six to start the second half and another interception by Jovon Johnson, who returned it 43 yards to set up a field goal, put the Bobcats up 27-3 and the defense closed out another “Battle of the Bricks” win for Ohio U over its traditional rival from Oxford.
Vick, who entered the week ranked No. 1 among MAC quarterbacks in pass efficiency, completed 21 of 33 passes for 243 yards with one touchdown and one interception (by Brison Burris). Greg Windham came on in relief and completed four of seven for 35 yards as Ohio totaled 278 yards through the air.
Ten Bobcats caught a pass, with Smith having the big day. He recorded nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Papi White’s two receptions totaled 75 yards.
Jared Murphy led Miami receivers with three catches for 76 yards, while Rokeem Williams collected three passes for 43 yards.
Ohio’s ground game provided two touchdowns and 150 yards. Most of the carries went to Irons (11, 49 yards, 1 TD), Dorian Brown (7, 44 yards) and Patterson (11, 35 yards, 1 TD).
Yazdani was good on both field goal tries, and the 50-yarder was a career long.
NEXT: Ohio hosts Western Michigan next Saturday. Miami is home against Northern Illinois.